Monthly Archives: September 2012

Middle Island Press: Quality That Speaks in Trust

Middle Island Press stands on its quality which is underlined by the fact that 75% of our poets/authors are published in two or more MIP chapbooks (their own titles and/or anthologies). Some people have come back for three and four titles. Yes, I see the snowball effect that quality guarantees, but customer service and presentation do not stand alone.

Middle Island Press chapbooks are as professional and well-rounded in their contents as they are in their presentation. In fact, it is the quality of words that has pushed me to grander measures of design and presentation. I continue to be proud of the work that I represent, and the fact that authors come back to me again and again is proof of their satisfaction with Middle Island Press.

Surprisingly (in these “tough times”), business is also picking up a bit in book sales. It is the enthusiasm in my authors, their trust in Middle Island Press and their confidence in their own words that light their inner fires and reap rewards of royalties and widespread poetry and poetic prose.

It is going to be a busy autumn and winter with nary a dull moment!

Best to my literary friends,

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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in News & Reviews


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Lupa by Marie Marshall

I am always delighted when someone truly “clicks” with me. Such has been the case with Marie Marshall, one of the most impressive wordsmiths whom I have become acquainted with through, a literary ocean in which plenty of genuine talent abounds.

(Thanks to Jeff Green, one of my earliest certain contributors to the forthcoming anthology, A Fancy of Formalities, for introducing me to Marie. She has been a linchpin in netting talented poets and pulling them my way to make this anthology the most impressive formal collection of 2012, imho)!

Furthermore, Marie is a bright and sparkling go-getter with a positive attitude that certainly contributed to her recent contract with P’Kaboo Publishers for her novel, Lupa. I look forward to reading it and know that Lupa will find itself in many hands, enthralling minds and captivating hearts with her poignant delivery.

Congratulations, Marie!

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in News & Reviews


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Balanced Is the Rose by Jack Galmitz

(Review written by Christina)

I recently received my perfect-bound copy of Balanced Is the Rose by one of the world’s most talented poets of haiku, Jack Galmitz. A few things struck me as I read these 69 pages, each with what I would call a haiku couplet – two per page.

Even as I absorbed his words and felt them, and absorbed them and felt them again, I learned a few things.

Less is best when “the empty space” is filled with intangible sensations, when the worth of the small shows its might in subtle ways. Jack has a way of gently speaking to the heart, of filling that space – not the mind, but the heart. He uses words merely as the messenger of meaning to stir emotion in the reader.

Openness and honesty are the greatest pathways to the heart. As a prime example, the first section of Balanced Is the Rose is full of sorrow, loss, death. I immediately feel for my new friend, Jack. He and I connect on a deep level of sorrow and an emotive plane of purity of heart.

Jack is a good guy.

He appreciates the little things in life, like I do. He understands that even insects have their place on this planet, and that all living things desire to continue until they can or must let go. Jack’s heart weighs heavy for this reality, for the suffering that is part of life, and his sentiments are beautifully expressed in Balanced Is the Rose.

This haiku collection struck me with the welcome reminder that no matter how “heavy” life can feel at times, we are all connected and share equally the same burdens while temporarily locked into different places and situations. At the level of heart and spirit, we are all one, and Balanced Is the Rose reminds me of that.

(I encourage lovers of poetry to connect with Jack through the Kindle Edition of his book, available at

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in News & Reviews


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“how to get poems published”

“How to get poems published” is a common keyword phrase used by poets who don’t know quite where to begin. I recommend simplifying by dividing poetry into “chapters” which I consider as separate chapbooks. If you go with one “chapter” at a time, there isn’t a long wait either in accumulating enough publish-worthy material or in the actual publishing process. It also saves money in the short term (sort of like financing without paying interest).

“Chapters” (potential chapbooks) can be divided by date or by subject. This is self-explanatory: Christina Taylor poetry, 2000-2002; Christina Taylor poetry, 2002-2005; etc. The years of the poems would likely be the chapbook’s subtitle. One would probably choose the title of his/her most shining poem within each collection as the actual chapbook title, and begin or end the manuscript with that particular poem. (I’ll get into manuscripts in the near future.)

Some people prefer to divide poems by subject. This is a strategy that would appeal to readers who favor particular subjects (i.e., love poems or poems on observations during world travels). Either way, the result is small collections that can be grouped into a larger corpus up the timeline. If we scan the Table of Contents of various poetry books that focus on singular poets, we often find that the entire book is apparently a collection of smaller books. Some poets will comb through their work and choose the best of each collection in compiling “the big one.”

Let us rewind and take it one collection at a time. Once poems are divided by date or by subject, find a publisher online who specializes in chapbooks (as always, I recommend myself via Middle Island Press). The price should be considerably less than perfect-bound book publishing which costs according to quality of materials as well as the number of pages. (While it appears organized, I don’t believe in charging for every little thing, personally. I believe in offering a flat rate and promising the best possible quality.)

To begin small and simple and present one “chapter” at a time is to pay in installments, essentially, but it is also to build readership and gain momentum while sharing something that looks more personal, more “gifty.”

We chapbook publishers are an author-friendly bunch. Nobody should feel intimidated by approaching us with questions or manuscripts, or while tiptoeing around the Internet wondering “how to get poems published”… We will be happy to guide you through the process.

(Middle Island Press is one of the best chapbook publishers on the Internet.)

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in News & Reviews


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